We ask the risen Jesus, who turns death into life, to change hatred into love, vengeance into forgiveness, war into peace. Yes, Christ is our peace, and through him to implore peace for all the world. ~ Pope Francis
I am really excited about this! The Peace.Life.Justice conference is coming to Philadelphia and I am
registered to go!
The conference covers ALL topics related to life. It encompasses everything Kyle and I feel is worth working for. It's not exclusively Catholic, fair warning, and there may be a couple small components some Catholics would disagree with. But I'm excited to see non-Catholics getting behind the pro-life movement and to see people coming together in such an ecumenical way to brainstorm and share solutions.
Possibly my fvaorite thing is that it is consistently working for life. Catholics already do a great job of this, in contrast to some Christian groups who will fight for an end to abortion while actively promoting unjust war, the death penalty, and turning a blind eye to human trafficking. (Yes this still goes on today...in your city too). So I'm excited to see some other people speaking on all these topics!
Some topics on the docket for the day include
A Culture of Peace, A Culture of Life/A Question of Worth
Be Consistent: Life and the Political Sphere
The Journey to Pro-Every-Life
Feminist Case Against Abortion
Christian Witness: Christian Ethics and Witnessing for Peace and Life
Campus Witness: Breaking Down Barriers with CLE
Secular Witness: Reaching a CHanging Culture for Life
Christian Witness: Nonviolent Action in the Public Square
Political Witness: Going Against the Political Grain for Peace and Life
Campus Witness: Mental Health Advocacy and Suicide Prevention on Your College Campus
Medical Witness: Bioethics and Respect for the Human Person
Whole Life Witness: Solidarity and Subsidiary for the Common Man
Human Trafficking Presentation from a Survivor
Death Penalty Presentation from a Death Row Exoneree
Torture Presentation from a Torture Survivor
Anti-War/Pro-Peace Presentation from a Pro-Peace Veteran
Outside the Box Witness: Unorthodox Ways to Spread Peace
And Shane Claiborne (The Simple Way) and Abby Johnson (author of Unplanned) will be there!! I am super excited to hear both of them speak. Of course this means I should probably get off my butt and read Unplanned finally.
So will I see any of you there on Saturday, March 29th? Is anyone else going to any conferences this year? (besides the awesome Edel Gathering, which if you mention will cause me to be very angsty and mopey because, um, it's on the other side of the country and way beyond our modest pastor's salary budget)